Customs tasks

A safe and financially healthy Netherlands and Europe. That is what the Customs Administration of the Netherlands works for to achieve. But how exactly do we do that?

Protecting society

We monitor goods crossing the outer borders of the European Union (EU) to protect Europe and its people. We pay particular attention to safety, health and the environment. Many things are allowed to cross the border. But sometimes only if the right papers are present, like meat, animals and plants. This is something we check. Some things are never allowed to enter the country. Drugs are a well-known example.

With our checks, we often also protect countries outside Europe. That includes our checks on the illegal export of waste to Africa and Asia.

A stronger economy

Customs contributes to a strong, attractive and fair economy. We do this by:

  • ensuring that companies comply with rules that prevent products from being sold below market price, i.e. at "dump prices": the anti-dumping measures
  • stopping the import of counterfeit goods
  • ensuring clear customs procedures, the smooth functioning of declaration systems and minimising administrative burdens
  • operating controls appropriate to the risk, at logical places and moments in the logistics chain
  • taking trade policy measures to protect certain industries from unfair competion.

Funding for public tasks

We see to it that members of the public and companies pay taxes. We also fight tax fraud. This covers:

  • excise duty on mineral oils (including petrol and diesel), tobacco products (such as hand-rolled tobacco and cigarettes) and alcoholic beverages (including beer and wine)
  • consumption tax on certain non-alcoholic drinks, such as soda and fruit juice
  • import duties, which are charges on imported goods
  • countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties, which are duties to prevent products being sold at a very low price.

The proceeds from excise duty and consumption tax go to the Dutch treasury. Those taxes are the financial foundation of the Netherlands. They fund things that are necessary for our country and that benefit everyone, such as roads, hospitals and schools.

Import duties, countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties go to Brussels to finance the European Union.